West Coast Road Trip – Day 9 
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 12:55 AM
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We hit the road first thing today, anxious to see the redwoods. A visitor center ranger assisted us in finding a suitable trail and we ended up driving to Prairie Creek State Park for the 10-mile (roundtrip) hike/run on the James Irvine Trail.

What a difference from the trails in Tucson! The air was moist, everything was so green, and the trees were, as expected, enormous.

The water was flowing at Fern Canyon (the end point of the trail), but, during the summer, you can hike along the stream bed to view more of the moss-covered canyon walls above.

Not having had quite enough, we continued north to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park and strolled for a short while on the Boy Scout Tree Trail and in Stout Grove.

People and guidebooks talk about certain redwood areas or parks being more spectacular than others, but that was difficult for us to judge. Everything we saw was extraordinary.

We continued north and drove just over the state line where we spent the night at the Harbor Inn Motel in Brookings, Oregon.

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